McCutchen finished his career season with 31 home runs, 96 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases. His batting average was .327 and his On Base Percentage of .400, both of which ranked him second in the National League.
Regardless of his amazing season, some fantasy owners were disappointed in the fact that he only stole 20 bases last year on 32 attempts, because it was his worst season on the base path as a pro.
The center fielder has vowed to be much more active on the bases in 2013. McCutchen personally wants to get more steals, because it only gives his team more chances to get a runner in scoring position. McCutchen is already one of the best outfielders in the game, so his fantasy value can go through the roof with more stolen bases.
However, his 132 strikeouts tied him for 17th most in the NL and this is a number that fantasy owners would like to see go down from the MVP candidate. In his first 103 games of the 2012 season, McCutchen only averaged 0.75 strikeouts per game, but he got much more anxious at the plate as the season wore on. The center fielder struck out 0.948 times per game in his final 58 contests and looked like a completely different player in the batter’s box.
This is most likely because McCutchen was hitting everything that crossed the plate, so naturally he started swinging more and more. He simply was too confident at the plate in the final months of the season and his aggressiveness finally started to get to him. Look for this to be remedied in the off-season, as McCutch is one of the hardest working hitters in the sport.
McCutchen is a first round pick in all fantasy drafts this spring, but it just makes his value go up if he can steal more bases in 2013.